03/07/2013 - 2013 Arizona Pro Day: WR Dan Buckner goes fast - at least for 30 yards...Former Arizona Wildcats receiver Dan Buckner, trying to alleviate concerns about his speed, said he was "flying" Thursday at the team's Pro Day on campus. It just wasn't for a full 40 yards. Buckner said he had to slow down at the end of his sprint, feeling a little tweak in a hamstring, but hopes his performance was enough to give pro scouts something to think about in the later rounds of the draft. "I pulled up at like the 30. I think they still clocked me at 4.6, so I must have been moving," he said. "Things could have gone differently, but they got to see 30 yards of full speed before I came up. I have never had any hamstring problems or anything. Maybe I was running too fast for my body and it didn't even know what was going on and it said, ???Hey, stop, slow down.'"
Buckner is one of the biggest receivers available in the draft, checking in at 214 pounds and just shy of 6-foot-4 on Thursday, according to one report. He caught 61 passes for 773 yards and five touchdowns last season, slowed late in the season by a foot injury. He also missed workouts at the East-West Shrine Game in January because of a foot injury. - The Tucson Citizen
03/07/2013 - He is considered a fringe prospect to be drafted ... but it all goes back to speed. He has been training with Pete Bommarito at Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami "just to show I'm not a big, stiff dude." "I think I catch the ball fairly well, but I want to be more than just a big, tall possession receiver," he added.
Whether scouts think his 40-yard dash Thursday was incomplete remains to be seen. The hamstring problem didn't sound serious enough to prevent another workout before the draft, April 25-27. "It's definitely disappointing," Buckner said of not fully finishing the 40.
"Up to that point, I was having a pretty good day. Even through that, I think I still did pretty well. I think I ran faster than some guys still. But I wanted to put a blazing time down for them. Like I said, I don't want to be the big, slow guy. "I think my splits before that were pretty good, so they know I was going to put a pretty good time down." - The Tucson Citizen
11/27/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION: WR Dan Buckner, Sr.,...has been selected All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season. - Arizona football
11/25/2012 - WR Dan Buckner, the team's second-leading receiver, had to leave the ASU game in the first half because of continued ankle problems.
11/14/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: Keep an eye on: WR Dan Buckner, 6-4, 214, Arizona: Why you should watch him: Buckner's been overshadowed this season by teammate and Biletnikoff Award semifinalist Austin Hill, but no make mistake, Buckner can play, too. The senior wide receiver is eighth in the Pac-12 -- ahead of USC's Robert Woods -- with 71.6 yards per game. In the Wildcats 56-31 win over Colorado, Buckner caught only three passes, but two of them went for touchdowns. Season stats (10 games): 57 receptions, 716 yards, 5 touchdowns. Player ranking: Buckner is ranked 226th overall and is the 28th-highest rated WR in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Wildcats travel to Salt Lake City this week for a game against Utah. Buckner's numbers could go up considerably if starting QB Matt Scott plays. Scott missed the Colorado game and is questionable for the Utah game after suffering a concussion in Week 9. - John Breech, CBSSports.com
09/30/2012 - WR Dan Buckner caught six passes for 119 yards against Oregon State, including a pretty 16-yard touchdown on a fade pass to the left back corner of the end zone. It appeared that Buckner was going to run out of room, but he got one foot down.
09/08/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Wildcats were a mixed bag in their first game, often moving the ball at will in their new fast-paced, no-huddle read-option offense, but much of the yardage went for naught because of three turnovers, two TDs called back because of penalty and two short missed field goals. Arizona can't be so inefficient against Oklahoma State in a game that is going to require a lot of points to win. The Cowboys thrive on creating turnovers, so Arizona must pay extra attention to ball security, and QB Matt Scott can't throw late to the middle of the field, as he did on a couple of occasions vs. Toledo. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Dan Buckner -- The 6-4 senior receiver provides a big target, and he's not bad after the catch, either. He made 10 catches for 116 yards in the opener vs. Toledo, and will embrace the bigger spotlight this week vs. Oklahoma State. The former Texas Longhorn has pro potential. - The Sports Xchange
07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dan Buckner, Arizona, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Buckner, a native of Allen, Texas, is expected to challenge as one of the league's top performers on the outside as fifth-year senior in 2012. He logged one formation start in 12 games played in 2011. Buckner finished with 42 catches for 606 yards and two touchdowns. He recorded an Arizona career-best 10 receptions for 142 yards and a score at Oklahoma State for an introduction in his second game. Later, he had career-best 144 yards and a TD on eight catches at Oregon State. He was added to the 2011 Biletnikoff Award watch list early in last season. He is one of six Pac-12 receivers recognized by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club. The senior was also named to the 2012 CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy Watch List earlier this month. He transferred from the University of Texas and enrolled at UA in January 2010 and redshirted the 2010 season. - Arizona football
07/17/2012 - Top-five Arizona prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. WR Dan Buckner...While Stoops' background was on the defensive side of the ball, the Wildcats consistently churned out NFL-caliber pass-catchers during his tenure, most notably tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers Mike Thomas and Criner. Buckner a native of Allen, Texas, originally signed with the Longhorns after a distinguished prep career and looked like a future standout in the Big 12, hauling in 45 passes for 442 yards and four touchdowns while playing in all 14 games (starting six) in 2009. He was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest in College Station, Texas in January of 2010, however, and elected to transfer. Buckner had to sit out the 2010 season as part of the NCAA's transfer policy but made his presence known for the Wildcats, earning the scout team MVP award before operating as a complementary piece to Criner last season to the tune of 42 catches for 606 yards and two scores. With only seven career starts to his credit, Buckner is hardly a house-hold name at this point. He does, however, possess the size and deceptive speed to enjoy a breakout senior campaign. A long-strider who has demonstrated reliable hands in the past, Buckner should be able to provide the deep threat on the outside to allow the smaller slot receivers Rodriguez has preferred in the past to excel. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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